Now in its 61st year, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces the festival will be presented for the first time all-digital. From June 5 to 14, 2020. the Festival “grounds” will be the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website via TrustArts.org/TRAF.
For the past 60 years, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s multidisciplinary Festival has presented an array of music, dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions, and more, completely free of charge and open to the public, as well as an Artist Market, which provides a platform and exposure for more than 300 artists. As much as we want to gather 500,000 people to celebrate art in all its forms this June, the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has made this physically impossible as we continue to prioritize safety of our city and our people.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring to the community this year’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival through a digital platform that honors the community and artists. This unique first-ever 10-day digital Festival will bring to as many households as possible and for all ages new opportunities to be a part of immersive art experiences that continue the Festival’s legacy of celebrating together music, art, creative activity, food, visual art, public art, one-of-a-kind artistic projects, and more.
It is our vision that this digital Festival will also serve as a world-class model for other arts organizations and similar festivals. The festival microsite TrustArts.org/TRAF will feature some new innovations aimed at creating a fun Festival experience that’s easily navigated on any device from any location.
Performing Arts Programming Highlights
The complete list of digital programming taking place during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be available through June 14, 2020, at TrustArts.org/TRAF, and everyone is invited to join and follow the Festival on Facebook for more updates.
- Through June 14, two virtual stages—the Dollar Bank Digital Main Stage and the 24-7 Stage—will feature a variety of original performances, spanning music, dance, and literary art, created specifically for the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.
- Each evening at 7:30 p.m. on the Dollar Bank Digital Main Stage (sometimes with earlier opening performances), the Festival will present livestreamed events enabling a real-time communal experience. The events will be streamed simultaneously to the Festival’s Facebook page and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust YouTube
Daily @ 7:30 pm | Dollar Bank Digital Main Stage
6/10 – Social Justice Disco with Liz Berlin & Phat Man Dee featuring Deryck Tines, HollyHood, and more!
6/11 – Byron Nash & Brittney Chantele
6/12 – Liberty Magic @ Home: Derek Hughes & Nathan Christopher
6/13 – PHILLTER Music Showcase: Live-Loopers, One-Human Bands, and more
6/14 – Meeting of Important People
Discover more music, dance, and literary art events at TrustArts.org/TRAF.
- Original performances will include The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Staycee Pearl Dance Project, youth performers in 91.3 WYEP’s Reimagination program, and others.
- In line with its long history of free film presentation – especially at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s own Harris Theater on Liberty Avenue, the Festival will offer a number of films, made free for public streaming at home, only during the Festival’s ten days.
Historically, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (now in its 61st year in 2020), a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has been a 10-day celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Dollar Bank has been a long-time supporter of the Festival, and became the title sponsor in 2010. This world-class, multi-disciplinary Festival is free to attend and open to the public. Attracting nearly 500,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s renowned Cultural District. The Festival’s loyal visitors have enjoyed an extensive array of music, dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions, and an Artist Market featuring 300+ artists from around the country. The Festival is also the recipient of several distinguished green initiatives awards.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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